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Simona Halep Eases Past Caroline Garcia In Singapore

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World number one Simona Halep started her Singapore campaign with a convincing 6-4 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia in the red group.

 

The 2014 champion benefited in the slow Singapore conditions as she outlasted Garcia in just under an hour and a half to begin her red group campaign with a victory.

Heading into this match they were at one win apiece, with Garcia winning their last meeting in a three set battle at the China Open final in Beijing.

However these were much slower conditions and therefore made it much harder for the world number eight to hit through the athletic Romanian.

Despite the scoreline, it was a tough start for Halep as she had to endure long service holds and had to save multiple break points from an aggressive Garcia.

Both players capitalised on their first break points during the first set as they broke in games five and six as the set was at 3-3.

However it was Halep who was the more clinical player as she dictated play on her return and eventually broke in the ninth game for a 5-4 lead.

The world number one, who has only won one title all season, eventually found her stride as she grabbed the opening set 6-4.

The second set was much easier for the top seed as she took command of the match and used her athleticism to chase down every Garcia ball with authority.

The world number eight had nothing new to offer and couldn’t find a way to take any of her three break point opportunities.

However Halep broke on both of her break point opportunities as the match ended with a hopeful and inaccurate challenge from Garcia.

Halep praised her own performance, ‘I played well and I feel great. Caroline beat me in Beijing but I also knew that we met in Toronto, so I had that in my mind.’

The Romanian began her campaign with a victory and will look to carry on that momentum on Wednesday when she plays the winner of the match between Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina, while Caroline Garcia will face the loser of that match.

 

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Carlos Alcaraz dreams to become world number 1 player

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Carlos Alcaraz is getting ready to the first Grand Slam tournament of his career at the age of 17 at the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne. 

 

The Spanish teenager has clear ideas about his future goals. 

“I dream to become the world number 1 and play matches, which will go down in the history of tennis. I watch videos from past Wimbledon matches of Rafa, Novak and Roger many times and Imagine that I will take part at this tournament in the future. It’s very special to play on grass courts. It would be incredible to win the Wimbledon tournament”, said Alcaraz. 

Alcaraz is currently keeping fit in the bubble created in his hotel in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, which will start on 8 February. The player coached by Juan Carlos Ferrero wants to set high goals, but he is aware that he needs to contunue his career step by step. Alcaraz climbed six places in the ATP Ranking to world number 135 and he has the chance to improve his ranking if he advances through the rounds at the Australian Open. 

“The main goal is to finish the 2021 season in the top 50. I would like to play in the Masters 1000 in Madrid and in the Barcelona tournament. It would be nice to train with Rafa and Novak. I have already had the chance to train with Roger, but I am shy and I could not speak English very well. I was not able to talk with him. I think I have tennis and I would say that I have the maturity to face any player. I try to handle situation as well as possible and I am doing well. I don’t look at points much, I have it apart. I am going to Australia to improve and grow as a player and a person. I must not go too much. Whatever comes is welcome, but I still have a lot of room”. 

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Paula Badosa tested positive for Covid-19

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Paula Badosa Gilbert posted on her social media channels that she was tested positive for Covid-19. 

 

The 23-year-old Spanish player, who won the French Open Junior title in 2015, had been quarantining in Melbourne under the mandatory 14-rule after a couple of co-passengers in her flight to Melbourne had tested positive for the coronavirus when they arrived in Melbourne. 

The world number 67 was one of the 72 players forced to isolate in their hotel rooms after passengers on three separate charter flights to Melbourne tested positive. 

Badosa is symptomatic and has been shifted to a different hotel. She is the first player to be tested pasitive to Covid-19 after travelling to Melbourne. 

“I will try to recover as soon as possible listening to the doctors. I have been taken to a health hotel to self-isolate and be monitored. Thanks for your support. We will be back stronger”, said Badosa. 

Badosa made two appearances at the Australian Open in 2019 and 2020. She reached  her best result in Melbourne last year, when she got through to the second round, losing to former finalist Petra Kvitova. The list of players forced to isolate include two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori. 

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Belgrade will host an ATP Tour event in 2021 following Budapest relocation

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Belgrade will host an ATP Tour tournament for the first time since 2012. The Hungarian Open, who was hosted in Budapest on clay court from 2017 to 2019 and is traditionally held during the European clay-court season, will be relocated to Belgrade from 2021. This tournament was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

Belgrade will host the Serbia Open from 19 to 25 April 2021 under a lease agreement between licence owner Ion Tiriac and new event organisers Tara 16s, led by Tournament Director Djordie Djokovic, the younger brother of Novak Djokovic, who won two editions of the ATP 250 tournament in 2009 and 2011.

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